[spectre] kuda.org > Urtica - presentation of «Lapsus memoria e» project

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Wed, 3 Jul 2002 16:10:33 +0200

4th July, 2002.
Location: The Centre for New Media - kuda.org, Brace Mogin Street no.2,
Detelinara, Novi Sad (the corner of Rumenacka Street and Kornelija
Stankovica Street, buses: 5, 5A, 3 and 7)

What kinds of associations/emotions do media information about war
operations (read: murders) called, for example, «Endless Justice» and a
number of similar ones provoke in you?
The project Lapsus memoriae/ Slip of the memory has been created in the
«genre» of a video game that imitates one of the most popular party
games known as Memory or A game of memorizing.
The project of Urtica Group «toys» with the names of war operations and
the ways media consumers memorize them («Amber Fox»/Macedonia 2001;
«Shining Hope» Yugoslavia 1999; «Endless Justice» Afghanistan 2001),
with a view to call attention to the media presentation of a war or war
operations. Their name meanings refer to innocence that is completely in
the opposition to their substance and the consequences they produce.
Media insisting on the importance of «signifier», i.e. its dominance
over «signified», causes slip of the memory - «Lapsus memoriae», i.e. an
unconscious erasure of all negative connotations connected to the
concept they refer to.
The very phenomenon of a game/entertainment is an important "genre" and
semantic element of the project.
At the presentation there is going to be a discussion about a
way/process of human memorizing and how some historic dates become the
«slips in the memory» of our official history, for example, the
celebration of so called Veteran's Day - 4th July.

Urtica Group started the realization of its projects with a multimedia
work called «Urtica medicamentum est» («Nettle is a medicine») in 1999.
The Group is devoted to the researches of new media artistic
possibilities, especially in the domain of a relation between art and so
Urtica Group members: Violeta Vojvodic, Eduard Balaz and Olivera Stosic.

"Lapsus memoriae" has been produced in C3 - Center for Culture &
Communication, Budapest.


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